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US firm Chadbourne & Parke has continued its London hiring spree with the appointment of Michael Bos as international partner, marking the London office’s sixth hire in two months.
Bos was previously a barrister in New Zealand, where he represented organisations in a wide range of commercial disputes, and prior to that spent nine years as a partner at DLA Phillips Fox, where he focused on commercial litigation and insolvency. His work included representing British American Tobacco in its successful defence of the first-ever products liability claims for personal injury in New Zealand.
At Chadbourne, Bos will concentrate his practice on products liability counselling and defence, working with the firm’s litigation group to service clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Commenting on the latest hire, Chadbourne managing partner Andrew Giaccia said: “This is an exciting time for Chadbourne’s London office as we continue to add top notch legal talent and expand upon our existing practice areas.
“We’re proud to have Michael on our team and look forward to benefiting from the strong experience and insights he’ll bring to our products liability group.”
Bos’s appointment follows the hires of Danny Heathwood as international counsel from Hunton & Williams; Erin Callahan who joined from the International Bar Association having previously been a senior corporate associate at Debevoise; corporate transactional partners Martin Thomas and Dearbhla Quigley, who both joined from Hunton & Willliams (13 May 2011); and Magnus Rodrigues, who joined the London office as an international partner having previously been a counsel at Clifford Chance’s energy and infrastructure group in Singapore.
Chadbourne’s London managing partner Claude Serfilippi said the hires were part of an aggressive hiring strategy for the London office, which currently comprises about 45 lawyers.
“We’d like to expand in the next couple of years and it would not be unreasonable to try and double the size of the office, but in a way that makes economic sense,” he said.
“Chadbourne’s products liability team in the US and the UK has long been recognised for its talent and solid record of client victories and the addition of Michael broadens the scope of the group’s offerings.”
That said, the firm’s string of hires suffered were tempered this week with the resignation of the London office’s only two insolvency partners, Alper Deniz and Adrian Harris, with the latter joining Brown Rudnick’s City office (13 July 2011).